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A Cornerstone for Europe
Ceremony marks 15 years of the German-Czech Fund for the Future and the German-Czech Discussion Forum
14/05/2013 | 17:30 - 19:00 | Parlamentarischen Gesellschaft | Czech Republic, Bilateral Relations
A Cornerstone for Europe
In a ceremony, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg and German Bundestag President Norbert Lammert, alongside representatives of the bilateral project, acknowledged the connections between the two countries. Since the German-Czech Declaration was signed in 1997 considerable progress has been made. Members of the younger generation presented their cross-border projects and, in doing so, showed how much headway has been made in promoting relations between the two neighbors.
Category: Bilateral Relations, Czech Republic
Networks for the Future
Alumni meeting of the Diplomatenkolleg in Romania
08/05/2013 - 12/05/2013 | 09:00 - 18:00 Romania, Political System
Networks for the Future
Former program participants of the Diplomatenkolleg convened in Romania this May for their sixth alumni meeting. In the capital Bucharest and the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, alumni had the opportunity to renew their contacts with each other and meet participants from other years. The group also gained deep insight into Romania’s politics, culture, and economy.
Category: Political System, Romania
Shedding Light on the German Past and Present
Excursion to Nuremburg and Munich as part of the the fifth International Diplomats Programme
25/04/2013 - 26/04/2013 | 08:00 - 22:00 Germany, Political System
Shedding Light on the German Past and Present
During its excursion to the cities of Nuremberg and Munich, participants in the fifth International Diplomats Programme had the opportunity to discuss a range of subjects, from Germany’s dual system of vocational training, which has become an attractive German export model, to the country’s current migration and integration policy – and, of course, the significance of the historic Nuremberg Trials for international jurisdiction today.
Category: Political System, Germany
“America’s Pacific Century”
Implications for the Transatlantic Partners
24/04/2013 | 09:00 - 16:30 | DGAP | Transatlantic Relations
Category: Transatlantic Relations
The EU as a Power for Peace: Strengthening Mediation Skills
An expert workshop examines Europe’s and Germany’s roles in brokering peace
22/04/2013 | 16:00 - 19:15 | Deutscher Bundestag | European Union
The EU as a Power for Peace: Strengthening Mediation Skills
Promoting peace and preventing conflict are at the very heart of the European project. At the workshop, mediation experts discussed with German and European delegates, representatives from the European External Action Service (EEAS), and national diplomats the strengths and weaknesses of existing tools and the current allocation of tasks. Also on the agenda: ways of improving the EU’s mediating capacity, for example through the establishment of a European Institute for Peace.
Category: European Union
The EU’s Normative Power: The Case of Israel
Sharon Pardo and Krassimir Nikolov discuss whether EU foreign policy can shape values and norms in Israel
18/04/2013 | 11:00 - 13:00 | DGAP | Israel, European Union
The EU’s Normative Power: The Case of Israel
Europe strives to conduct a foreign policy based on values. Its norms are intended to have an impact around the world – and reach its immediate neighbors in particular. But how successful is Europe as a normative power? This was the subject of the recent Brussels Briefing in which Sharon Pardo, who holds the Jean-Monnet Chair for European Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, talked to Krassimer Nikolov, desk officer on Isreal at the European External Action Service (EEAS).
Category: European Union, Israel
The Many Faces of Political and Social Commitment
A report on the first day of the Fifth International Diplomats Programme in Berlin
14/04/2013 | 09:30 - 20:00 Germany, Political System
The Many Faces of Political and Social Commitment
The Fifth International Diplomats Programme opened on March 7, 2013 at the German Federal Foreign Office with a speech by renowned Arabist and Quranic scholar Professor Angelika Neuwirth: “Claiming the Quran as Legacy of Europe.” The first day of activities took place a week later and included visits to the German Bundestag and the science and technology park in Adlershof, among other venues.
Category: Political System, Technology and Research, Germany
Weighing Values and Interests in German Foreign Policy
A debate at the DGAP between Eberhard Sandschneider and Jörg Lau
11/04/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Germany, German Foreign Policy
Weighing Values and Interests in German Foreign Policy
Any debate touching on German foreign policy – be it about Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, or arms exports – inevitably turns on the tension between principles and interests. The weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT recently gave new impetus to the discussion. It continues at the DGAP with a series devoted to this fundamental question of German foreign policy. At the inaugural exchange, Eberhard Sandschneider presented his positions and offered Jörg Lau, an editor at DIE ZEIT, the opportunity to respond.
Category: German Foreign Policy, Institutions and Actors, Government and Society, Political Culture, Europe, Germany
Russia and the West
Work together or go it alone? Discussion with Alexei K. Pushkov, Chair, Russian Duma Committee for International Affairs
11/03/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Haus der Deutsche Bank AG
Russia and the West
In his lecture at the DGAP Pushkov emphasized that Europe is an important partner for Russia. Diverse points of contact between the EU and Russia have developed over the past twenty years – ranging from questions of security and energy to cooperation in the face of financial crisis and the development of economic partnerships. A range of differences may be straining the relationship.
The EU as Crisis Manager: Between Expectations and Reality
Brussels Briefing with Pieter Feith and Claudia Major
27/02/2013 | 11:00 - 13:00 | DGAP | Europe, European Union
The EU as Crisis Manager: Between Expectations and Reality
The European Union’s common security and defense policy remains incomplete; only slowly is the EU becoming a strategic actor. Pieter Feith, international crisis management expert, and Claudia Major, deputy head of the research division for international security policy at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), discussed the current standstill on the establishment of a robust security and defense policy.
Category: European Union, CSDP, Europe
“Europe needs Turkey’s dynamism.”
Conference of the Fellowship Program Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance in Istanbul
14/02/2013 - 17/02/2013 | 10:00 - 18:00 Turkey, European Union
“Europe needs Turkey’s dynamism.”
Turkey’s EU membership would not only be an advantage for Turkey – Brussels, too, would gain, emphasized Turkey’s Minister for European Union Affairs Egemen Bağış at the alumni and interim seminar of the Goerdeler-Kolleg in Istanbul. In addition to EU accession, Turkish foreign policy, administration reform, and development plans for Istanbul’s infrastructure were discussed.
Category: European Union, Europe, Turkey
The US, Europe and Russia: Can They Work Together?
11/02/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | International Policy/Relations
Category: International Policy/Relations
“Gridlock is not an Option”
Sinan Ülgen, Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe, on the reinvigoration of the Turkish-European relations
11/02/2013 | 12:00 - 14:00 | DGAP | Turkey, European Union
“Gridlock is not an Option”
The perspective of an EU-accession for Turkey has receded far into the distance: Sinan Ülgen, Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe, presented his proposal to reinvigorate Turkish-European relations at a DGAP “Brussels Briefing.” With Almut Möller, head of the Oppenheim-Centre for European Policy Studies, he discussed new forms of flexible integration – not as an alternative but as a complement.
Category: European Union, Turkey
Pakistan before ISAF’s Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Discussion with Michael Koch, German special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Declan Walsh of the New York Times
05/02/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Pakistan, Conflicts and Strategies
Pakistan before ISAF’s Withdrawal from Afghanistan
The region is receiving international attention right now, above all, for the planned withdrawal of ISAF operations from Afghanistan in 2014. But 2013 will be decisive for the region too. Pakistan is to see considerable leadership turnover; elections for parliament and the provincial assemblies will take place this May, with presidential elections set for the fall. And because of several changes to the constitution, the political situation in the country is more stable than it was in 2008.
Category: Conflicts and Strategies, Pakistan, Afghanistan
A Hub for Peace Experts
Franziska Brantner, Green Party MP in the European Parliament, on the establishment of a European Peace Institute
23/01/2013 | 11:00 - 13:00 | DGAP | European Union
A Hub for Peace Experts
The European External Action Service is still being developed as the European Parliament is promoting another project: Franziska Brantner, European MP for the Green Party, introduced a Swedish-Finnish initiative for the founding of a European Peace Institute at a DGAP Brussels Briefing. Joined by Bundestag MP Joachim Spatz and Tobias Pietz from the Center for International Peace Operations, she discussed how the institute could look and the EU’s role as a civil power.
Category: European Union
A Golden Anniversary – But Now What?
Podium discussion on the state of Franco-German relations
15/01/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | France, Bilateral Relations
A Golden Anniversary – But Now What?
What is the state of the “couple franco-allemand” 50 years after the signing of the Elysee Treaty? And how have relations between the French and German people developed since then? These topics were discussed by French Ambassador Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Bundestag MPs Rolf Mützenich and Andreas Schockenhoff, as well as France experts Sabine von Oppeln and Claire Demesmay at the DGAP.
Category: Bilateral Relations, Europe, France, Germany
Die internationale Sicht auf die deutsche Energiewende
10/12/2012 | 12:30 - 14:30 | DGAP | Resources and Energy
Category: Resources and Energy
An EU Without Great Britain?
German-British discussion at the DGAP on the likelihood and consequences of withdrawal
06/12/2012 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP | United Kingdom, European Union
An EU Without Great Britain?
Since the outbreak of the financial crisis, the political rift between the island of Great Britain and continental Europe has widened. Why opinions on the EU have diverged so much and why the answers to the financial crisis have varied so significantly – and what this could lead to – were the topics of a discussion at an Early Bird Breakfast with journalists David Charter of The Times and Quentin Peel of the Financial Times, as well as EU expert Almut Möller.
Category: European Union, Europe, United Kingdom
The Real China Challenge
04/12/2012 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | China
Category: China
Ukrainian Foreign policy and the priorities of its OSCE Chairmanship 2013
28/11/2012 | 14:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Ukraine
Category: Ukraine